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4Minute (Korean: 포미닛) is a five-member South Korean girl group formed in 2009 by Cube Entertainment with music singles and albums released primarily in South Korea and Japan. The members of the group are Nam Ji-hyun, Heo Ga-yoon, Jeon Ji-yoon, Kim Hyun-a, and Kwon So-hyun. The group debuted in June 2009 with its first single, "Hot Issue", and in December 2010, it released its first Japanese album, Diamond. In 2011, the group released its first Korean full length album, 4Minutes Left.
The group received the Bonsang Award at the 20th Seoul Music Awards, and the Kpop New Artist Award at the 2010 Billboard Japan Music Awards.
1.1 2009: Debut and For Muzik,
1.2 2010: Hit Your Heart, Diamond,
1.3 2011: Heart to Heart, 4Minutes Left, and Japanese activities,
1.4 2012: Volume Up, "Love Tension",
1.5 2013: Name Is 4minute and Is It Poppin?,
6.1 Concert participation,
11 External links,
2009: Debut and For Muzik:
Cube Entertainment, a South Korean record label, announced the creation of 4Minute in May 2009, along with the identity of two of the group's members: Nam Ji-hyun, the group's leader and Kim Hyun-a, a former member of Wonder Girls. On June 11, a silhouette teaser video was released online, along with its official website. The remaining members were announced on June 12. Cube Entertainment stated that the name is derived from the belief that the group can charm the audience with a four-minute-long performance.
On June 18, 4Minute released its first single "Hot Issue". On June 21, the group's van was raided by fans, who stole clothing and other items. Cube Entertainment said, "It was very unfortunate that such an ordeal occurred."
At the end of August, the group released a mini-album called For Muzik along with its second single, "Muzik", which won them a Mutizen award and a Mnet award. Its third single, "What a Girl Wants", was released shortly after the release of the mini-album.
On August 27, South Korean radio and television network KBS banned the playing of "Won't Give You" (안줄래)" for what they considered to be overly sexual lyrical content. The lyrics in question, in the style of a first-person narrative, express an unwillingness on the part of the subject to "give" herself or her heart to her partner. Cube Entertainment responded to the ban by stating that the song was intended to be "about the pure feelings of a girl to a guy" and that they were very disappointed by the decision.
4Minute was featured in fellow label-mate Mario's Christmas digital single "Jingle Jingle", which was released on December 2. The group recorded a remix with American artist Amerie for her song "Heard 'em All" that was part of the Asian version of her fourth album. Korean rapper Jun Hyung of Beast was also featured on the remix.
2010: Hit Your Heart, Diamond:
Cube Entertainment announced that Universal Music Group would be assisting 4Minute with an international launch of its album. The group toured Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, and Hong Kong. On May 5, the group debuted "Muzik" as a Japanese single, and on May 8, held its first concert in Japan to a limited audience of 1,000 people. The single reached number 21 on the Oricon weekly singles chart, but peaked at number 3 on the Gaon Single Chart. On April 23, 4Minute released a version of the "For Muzik" mini-album to Taiwan. It included Hyuna's solo debut single "Change" and Amerie's song "Heard 'em All", as well as a bonus DVD of the group's concert in Taiwan.
4Minute released a mini-album entitled Hit Your Heart, and its title track "HuH", on May 19. The single featured fellow label mates Beast, who also rapped the group's introduction-themed track "Who's Next?" "HuH" peaked at number 3 on the Gaon Singles Chart. South Korean FM station "Voice of Freedom" began propaganda broadcasts to North Korea, and included 4Minute's "Huh" song, which has lyrics such as "When I say I want to appear on TV, when I say I want to become prettier, everybody says I can't do it. Baby, you're kidding me? I do as I please."
On July 5, the group released the music video for "I My Me Mine", which was the second single from Hit Your Heart. Cube Entertainment announced a Japanese version for "I My Me Mine", which was released on July 28.
On July 19, the song "Superstar" was digitally released for the Korean TV show Superstar K2. 4Minute performed the song on the show and later performed for Celebration at Marina, the warm-up concert for the Singapore Youth Olympic Games 2010, on August 13. Together with Beast, they became the first Korean artists to perform for the Youth Olympic Games.
In September, Far Eastern Tribe Records announced a third Japanese single and its first double single, entitled "First/Dreams Come True". "First" was released as a music video on October 21, and as a single on October 27. In December, 4Minute held Japanese concerts 4Minute Energy Live Volume 2: Diamond in Tokyo and Osaka. Its Japanese album Diamond, released on December 15, debuted at the number 18 on the Oricon chart.
2011: Heart to Heart, 4Minutes Left, and Japanese activities:
4Minute participated in several events during the year. On January 13, the group performed at the DiGi Live K-Pop Party 2011 in Malaysia at Stadium Negara with Beast and G.NA. On January 20, the group received a Bonsang Award at the 20th Seoul Music Awards. In February 2011, the group received the Kpop New Artist Award for 2010 at the Billboard Japan Music Awards. On February 23, the group modeled for bridal designer Yumi Katsura at her 2011 Paris Grand Collection Tokyo Fashion Show held in Tokyo's Ryōgoku Kokugikan, where it performed songs "Muzik" and "WHY". On March 12, the group performed at the 50th Anniversary Music Wave Concert in Thailand.
4Minute released several singles and albums in 2011. Its fourth Japanese single, "WHY" was the theme song to the TV Asahi drama, Akutou~Juuhanzai Sousahan. The music video was released in February, followed by a single release in March 9. "Heart to Heart" was released as a music video on March 29, and stars Hyuna and CN Blue's Jungshin. Cube Entertainment announced that 4Minute would release a full official album in March, but released Heart to Heart as a digital-only "mini-album" instead; the release schedule and promotional material titled Steal 20 confused fans. On April 5, 4Minute released the Korean album, 4Minutes Left, along with the music video for "Mirror Mirror". The album includes "Mirror Mirror", and songs from Heart to Heart and Diamond. Because of the song's provocative spread leg choreography; music producers demanded that "Mirror Mirror" be changed or the group could not perform the song on their shows. 4Minute changed the song's choreography for its performance on M! Countdown on April 14, but in May, the music video reached number one on Europe's HIT INT'L VIDEOS TOP 20. The song reached number two on the Gaon Chart.
4Minute collaborated with Japanese singer Thelma Aoyama for her single, "Without U", which was released in May with Japanese and English versions. Hyuna was featured in SS501's Heo Young-saeng's title track from his first solo mini album, Let It Go. In July, Hyuna released a solo mini album, Bubble Pop!; its music video received over a million views in its first five days of release. 4Minute promoted the street basketball video game by JCE called "Freestyle" by releasing a music video.
In August, 4Minute posted the music video for the Japanese version "Heart to Heart". On September 7, the group released "Heart to Heart" as its fifth Japanese single, which ranked 15 on Oricon Daily Singles chart. The group also released its first DVD, Emerald of 4 Minute, which ranked 15 on the Oricon Daily DVD Chart. In October, the TV Tokyo drama "Welcome to the El-Palacio" featured 4Minute's newest song, "Ready Go", as its opener. "Ready Go" was later released as their sixth Japanese single.
2012: Volume Up, "Love Tension":
After announcements and postponements of a comeback, on April 9, 4Minute released the mini-album Volume Up, along with its title track and music video. The group promoted the album with performances on Mnet's M! Countdown, KBS's Music Bank, MBC's Show! Music Core and SBS's Inkigayo. Volume Up reached number one on the Gaon Weekly Album Chart, and its title single reached two on the Gaon Singles. On August 22, 4Minute released its seventh Japanese single "Love Tension", which featured a Japanese version of "Volume Up", as well as karaoke versions. Meanwhile, Hyuna continued to stand out with her role in the "Gangnam Style" music video.
On October 13, 4Minute performed at KCON 2012 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in Irvine, California.
On December 4, 4Minute released the song "Welcome to The School" for the KBS TV series School 2013.
2013: Name Is 4minute and Is It Poppin?:
In late March, Cube Entertainment announced that 4Minute had started recording of a new album. "They're heading in the direction of the groovy and powerful sound that they showcased at the start of their debut for this album. The members are involved in the whole album process including the song selection, choreography, and styling." On April 17, Cube released a group teaser picture and five individual teaser images that depicted the members in fantasy-inspired sets and neon tones. The mini-album, Name Is 4Minute, was intended to be released April 25, however, because of additional music video filming for the title track "What's Your Name?", on April 19, Cube delayed the release to the 26th, "Although it's just one day, to console the fans about the delay, we'll prepare it to the best of our ability." Its corresponding music video was also released on April 26, and reached one million views in less than 24 hours. 4Minute performed "Whatever" and "What's Your Name?" on the KBS 2 program MusicBank. "What's your Name?" reached number one on Korea's Melon chart on May 13. and number two on the Billboard Kpop Hot 100 chart for the May 25 edition. On May 23, in its fourth week of release, the song reached number one on the Gaon Single Chart. It reached number one on the Billboard Kpop Hot 100 chart for the June 1 edition.
In June, Cube announced 4Minute's next single would be titled "Mul Joha?" (translated "How's the Water?", "Like Water?") and planned its release for June 28. Like "What's Your Name?", it was produced by Brave Brothers. Prior to release, the song's English title was renamed to "Is It Poppin'?"
In August 23, it was announced by the group's official Japanese website, that the group's contract with Universal Music Japan was ended and their fanclub, 4Nia Japan, would also be closed in September. The group's management thanked their Japanese fans for supporting them since their debut with "Muzik" and were sorry for the unfortunate news. Although, they also stated that the group is expected to continue promoting in Japan in the future.
Member positions are listed according to 4Minute's official Japanese website. There are no official "dancer", "lead rapper", "visual" or "maknae" (youngest) positions:
Nam Ji Hyun
(1990-01-09) January 9, 1990 (age 23)
Heo Ga Yoon
(1990-05-18) May 18, 1990 (age 23)
Jeon Ji Yoon
Lead vocalist, rapper
(1990-10-15) October 15, 1990 (age 23)
Kim Hyun Ah
(1992-06-06) June 6, 1992 (age 21)
Kwon So Hyun
(1994-08-30) August 30, 1994 (age 19)
Main article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2YOON
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